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Barcelo Raval 360 Roof Bar Terrace

Barcelo Raval

We wanted a hotel with a wow factor for our Friday night with the family in Barcelona, we found it at the Barceló Raval. Having arrived early in the city, we parked our car at the underground parking next door to the hotel and went out to explore and get some lunch. It was slightly disappointing when we arrived in reception after the standard check in time of 14:00 to find that our rooms weren’t ready. We were surprised also…

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Rethymno, Crete

We visited the town of Rethymno during our Crete trip, and if, like me, you enjoy pretty places with plenty of history, then you should add it to your “places I want to go” list. We had an unnerving experience when we arrived in the town. There are several car parks on the edge of the old town, but we struggled to find a space. Don’t do what we did, which was to try to get into the town with…

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Anemos Luxury Grand Resort

Anemos Luxury Grand Resort, Crete

We were all wowed by the Anemos Luxury Grand Resort on arrival in Georgioupolis, this 5 star suites and spa hotel is just one year old. Our first stop was the impressive sun terrace and two swimming pools by reception. Next we were shown a Deluxe Family Room with a private pool which was really spacious (from 65m2) and had been thoughtfully designed to include lots of wardrobe space, air conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities and a television in…

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Villa Ianira Infinity Pool

Villa Ianira, Kolymvari

We didn’t just visit hotels during our travel conference in Crete, we have access to some stunning luxury villas on the island. Villa Ianira is a beautiful contemporary Cretan holiday villa situated within a few minutes drive to the village of Kolymvari and 20 minutes drive from the region’s capital of Chaniá. This exclusive villa is only 3 years old, it has been built in a vintage country style with state of the art infrastructure. Two of the four bedrooms…

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O Mylos tou Kerata, Platanias

We were drawn to the O Mylos tou Kerata by the garden terrace overlooking the road passing through Plantanias. It is said to be one of the oldest restaurants in Crete and it’s in a spectacular setting. The terrace is shaded by fruit trees laden heavy with oranges and lemons, as well as vines. I liked the hanging picture frames in the trees, drawing attention to the natural art growing there. At the back there is a Venetian watermill dating…

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Cafe Enasma

Cafe Enasma, Lake Agia

After picking up our hire car from Chaniá, we decided to head for Omalos to see if we could reach the snow capped mountains. We were on the look out for a taverna stop on the way, and was intrigued by the swan signage for Cafe Ένασμα on the lake. We were delighted to find this lovely taverna right on the edge of the water, with a choice of tables set in a shaded garden terrace. The scent from the…

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Domes Noruz Loft

Domes Noruz Chania, Crete

We were impressed by the Domes Noruz Chania beachfront property in the village of Agioi Apostoloi, this area is very popular with locals at the weekend and the natural park is fiercely protected against development. This luxury 5* hotel has 83 suites with 2 swimming pools, 1 restaurant and 2 bars. Chaniá is only 2.5km away for a city vibe and the beautiful Venetian harbour in the old town. The holiday resorts of Agia Marina and Porto Plananias are along…

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Porto Platanias Chania

Travel Conference Crete 2017

It’s hardly been worth storing the suitcases away as we are heading to Crete this week for our travel conference. Our first trip to Crete was on our spring conference 2 years ago, this time we’re looking forward to meeting up with colleagues, plus we’ve added a couple of days on to explore the island for ourselves. On our last visit we flew into Heraklion and stayed at Capsis Crystal Energy by the village of Agia Pelagia. This time we…

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A Symphony of Light Hong Kong

A Week In Hong Kong

Hong Kong was amazing, everything we’d hoped for and some. We were constantly on the go, out exploring everyday, we slept like the dead every night and didn’t suffer with jet lag on arrival or after our trip. I put the lack of jet lag down to flying to our long haul destinations overnight where we try to sleep as much as possible. On arrival we force ourselves into the local timezone for eating and sleeping, for us it’s imperative…

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